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Do You Need a Heart-Lung Machine for Your Heart Surgery?

Tags: Dr. Joseph Sabik, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart surgery, heart-lung machine, neurocognitive

There has been a lot of talk about whether it is better to be on or off a heart-lung machine during heart procedures. Learn about both options and how each is selected on a patient by patient basis.


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Ablation May Be Best Option for Your AFib

Tags: atrial fibrillation, catheter ablation, pulmonary vein antrium isolation, Walid Saliba MD

A new study shows that performing catheter ablation on patients who have heart failure and an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) yields better outcomes than treating them with a medication to improve heart rhythms.


Can you prevent narrowing of your aortic valve?

Can You Prevent Narrowing of Your Aortic Valve? (Video)

Tags: aortic stenosis, aortic valve, cholesterol, coronary blockage, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart health

It's been clear that high cholesterol is a risk factor for developing coronary blockages, but only recently has evidence emerged showing that it also causes a risk of narrowing of the aortic valve.


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Cleveland Clinic Receives Heart Failure GOLD Recognition

Tags: cleveland clinic, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart failure

The Cleveland Clinic received a nod from the American Heart Association for success in using the Get With the Guidelines treatment interventions.


Why does medical advice constantly change

Why Does Medical Advice Constantly Change? (Video)

Tags: clinical guidelines, dr. gillinov, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart research, heart video, news, video

Mediterranean diet or low fat? Do I need a cardiac stress test or don’t I? Sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with your doctor’s changing answers to your questions. Here’s why the advice changes and how you can keep pace.


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4 Best Ways to Avoid Blood Transfusions During Your Heart Surgery

Tags: anemic, blood transfusion, Dr. Sabik, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart surgery

If you need heart surgery, a blood transfusion can save your life. However, research shows that patients do better when they don't need a transfusion. Find out what you can do to lower the likelihood that you'll need one.


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Your Heart: 3 Amazing Medical Innovations (Video)

Tags: cholesterol, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart video, innovations, medical innovations, pacemaker, PCSK9 inhibitors, video

Learn about three medical innovations that relate to the human heart, including the development of a small leadless pacemaker, new cholesterol-lowering injections and a new congestive heart failure drug.


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High Blood Pressure? Don’t Take Vitamin D for It (Video)

Tags: blood pressure, Dr. Nissen, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, prevention, research, vitamin D

Some claim that vitamin D can lower blood pressure, but these claims are unproven. Vitamin D is essential for your health but too much is dangerous.


The Best Bypass Surgery Option

The Best Bypass Surgery Option for Diabetic Patients

Tags: bypass surgery, coronary artery disease, diabetes, Dr. Sabik, heart and vascular institute, heart surgery

Diabetes complicates coronary bypass surgery, but one type of grafting in particular maximizes outcomes for diabetic patients as it does for many others.


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Alcohol May Cause You to Develop Irregular Heartbeat

Tags: alcoholic beverages, atrial fibrillation, Dr. Wilkoff, heart and vascular institute, risk factors

Even in moderation, alcohol may be hard on your heart. A new study finds that having as little as one to three alcoholic drinks per day may increase your risk for atrial fibrillation (A-Fib). Here's why.